On Wednesday, November 8, 2023, at 3:00 p.m., Georgia Labor Commissioner Bruce Thompson will hold a press conference at the Chatham County Detention Center to unveil the Walking the Last Mile program. This pilot program, administered by the Georgia Department of Labor, is designed to break the cycle of incarceration and support successful reintegration into society through employment opportunities and vibrant community partnerships.

"The Walking the Last Mile program will break the chains of incarceration by equipping participants with the skills and resources necessary for a successful reentry into society," said Labor Commissioner Bruce Thompson. "This innovative program is ‘where opportunities begin’ for those who are seeking to embrace a fresh start and rebuild their lives."

Press Conference Details:

Date/Time: Wednesday, November 8, 2023 | 3:00 p.m. EST
Location: Chatham County Detention Center (Outside the front entrance)
1050 Carl Griffin Drive
Savannah, Georgia 31405

Media RSVP: Commissioner Thompson will be available for questions immediately following the press conference. To confirm your attendance, please RSVP to Shawna Mercer at [email protected] by Tuesday, November 7, 2023, at 5:00 p.m.

Contact Georgia Department of Labor Communications Office
[email protected]
(404) 232-3685

Media Contact: Director of Communications, Shawna Mercer
Email: [email protected]
Phone Number: 678-350-6878

For personalized assistance, employers can reach Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) staff at https://dol.georgia.gov/employeremail. For more information on unemployment benefits, claimants should call 877.709.8185 or visit their MyUI Claimant Portal. GDOL's Career Centers also provide in-person unemployment insurance benefit services for customers statewide.

For more information on jobs and current labor force data, visit Georgia LaborMarket Explorer to view a comprehensive report.